The Party & Asia’s Reckoning

The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers

Author: Richard McGregor

Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (July 31, 2012)

HBXer–Martin Ko’s review:

  • I really enjoyed reading Richard McGregor’s book The Party (which is the funniest most informative account I have ever read about China’s Communist Party, and I’ve read them all, believe me)

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Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century

Author: Richard McGregor

Publisher: Viking (September 5, 2017)

HBXer–Martin Ko’s review:

  • I just started reading his follow up book entitled Asia’s Reckoning. It confirms what I have long posted and discussed about, that the Middle East and Russia are but immaterial distractions from the REAL WAR, which will be with China. Evil and darkness are descending from the Far East in the form of authoritarianism and it’s time we acknowledged what should be our priority and #1 threat.

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Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?

Author: Graham Allison

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 30, 2017)

HBXer–Martin Ko’s review:

  • The next entry in the book club: Destined For War, which is about whether the United States and China are on a collision course for either total war or no war at all. I’ve long since said that the Middle East, which generates the majority of media coverage, is but a distraction and immaterial when compared to the site of the Real War: the Far East. Evil and darkness are descending upon the realm, and its time to be pragmatic about the situation.
  • China can have nice shiny gleemy things like high speed rail, but in my home state of California that is considered a pipe dream. I never understood why this could not be built, but my guess is it has to do with the fact that the money is always diverted for bullshit (like more state of the art prison construction, which we excel in) and there are property rights in the United States that do not exist in China where the government in the name of The People owns all the land (in the USA you have to be granted easements from a patchwork of individual landowners). Finally, if high speed rail (HSR) were to be built in California the first rail lines would be established in places absolutely no one aspires to go to like Bakersfield and Merced. Ugh.
  • Table “America and China, clash of cultures” (page 141): It’s a gross oversimplification but makes a broad point about the differences between the contenders, that is America and China, in the REAL WAR and WARS TO COME.
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